FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 24, 2014
To All Media Outlets
Alex Baker, Chief Information Officer
Office: 317-872-6533 ext 228 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Responding to the events that occurred at Arizona State University on Sunday, January 19, 2014, involving members of the Beta-Xi chapter of TKE, Tau Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity strongly condemns and sincerely apologizes for the actions of the few members involved in this incident. This incident should be a reminder of why we place such importance on our values of love, charity, and esteem. This tasteless and offensive situation is an opportunity to better educate the men of Tau Kappa Epsilon and fraternity men across the country.
We have been openly working with university officials throughout their investigation. During our investigation at ASU, we have learned the following information regarding the incident:
In the weeks leading up to this event, the chapter has been making a positive impact in the Tempe community. The men of the Beta-Xi chapter of TKE sponsored 1 mile through the Tempe Adopt-A-Street program. Days before the incident, the chapter raised over $850 for a philanthropic cause.
Tau Kappa Epsilon is taking the following corrective actions for the Beta-Xi chapter:
Since our founding in 1899, Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity has never had an exclusionary clause to prevent individuals from joining. Our founders established a fraternity in which the primary requisites for membership would be the personal worth and character of the individual rather than the wealth he possessed, the honors or titles he could display, or the rank he maintained on the social ladder.
Though we do not track any demographic information of our membership, TKE is diverse in every sense of the word. Tau Kappa Epsilon proudly represents a wide range of individuals by any measure of race, creed, beliefs, or orientation. We work every day to contribute to the advancement of society through personal growth of our members, and service to others. Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity is committed to "aid men in their mental, moral, and social development throughout their lifetime".